Laser Gum Surgery
Periodontitis is bacteria that destroy the teeth’s supporting bone and tissue, creating pockets that prevent the gums from fully supporting the teeth. The pockets create more space for bacteria to grow, which causes further deterioration so that the pockets grow even larger. Eventually, if left untreated, the teeth require extraction. Alternatively, teeth may just fall out. Lanap, laser gum surgery is a minimally invasive, less painful alternative to traditional invasive gum surgery. With this laser treatment, it treats the patient’s gum disease, generates new bone growth, and helps save the patient’s teeth.
The first thing to remember is prevention is better than treatment. A preventive measure is to brush your teeth regularly. Brushing your teeth after every meal removes food debris as well as the plaque that is trapped between the teeth. Use fluoridated toothpaste, if possible. Flossing should also be done as frequently as possible as it also helps to get rid of the stubborn debris between teeth, especially those areas where a toothbrush cannot reach. Using a mouthwash formulated with an antibiotic is an effective way to discourage bacterial growth in the calcified plaque.
The Lanap Procedure
The first step in Lanap gum surgery is measuring the gum pocket depth with a small tool. This measurement helps determine the level of bone loss and the degree of soft tissue detachment from the patient’s teeth.
The next step is eliminating bacteria using the PerioLase MVP-7. Whereas traditional gum surgery uses a blade, this laser gum surgery alternative kills bacteria by directing therapeutic light pulses between the teeth and gums, leaving healthy tissue untouched. Then particles are removed with ultrasonic scaling instruments.This allows the dentist to remove the plaque and tartar that has built up below the gum line (which is causing damage to the tissue and bone).
Next, the teeth are protected by inducing blood clotting. The laser is used by stirring bone and tissue until a sticky seal forms and surrounds each tooth. These blood clots create a barrier against new bacteria, thereby protecting teeth and gums from further damage. Finally, the patient’s bite may be adjusted, ensuring his or her teeth are in a comfortable and correct position and that they function properly.
Laser Gum Surgery Benefits
Lanap laser gum surgery is one of the most effective and safe groundbreaking techniques for restoring periodontal and gum tissue. It’s very effective at treating gum disease and eradicating bacteria that is harbored under the gumline. The laser used for the surgery is the thickness of three human hairs which are placed in the gum pockets. It then eliminates infected tissue by emitting laser energy. There are many benefits to laser gum surgery, the following are a few examples:
Promotes regeneration of supporting gum tissues and bone
Less gum shrinkage
Very little downtime after the procedure
Fewer post-op infections
Healing is faster and more comfortable
Recovery from Lanap is blood-free and virtually painless. Most patients recover in less than 24 hours and many return to their normal routines immediately. Soft diet and proper oral hygiene techniques will be strongly advised after your treatment to ensure the treatment site is not disrupted.
If you suspect that you have periodontitis, regardless of its perceived severity, go for a check up and let your periodontist in McKinney Texas guide you on the next step to take. Lanap is considered the best gum disease treatment around. Experience North Texas Dental Surgery’s effortless treatment process beginning with a free consultation and 3D scan today.